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Are you looking for some good social media blogs to read? Look no further!

Our sixth-annual social media blog contest generated over 600 nominations.

A panel of social media experts carefully reviewed the nominees and finalists. Each of the social media blogs was analyzed based on a number of factors, including content quality, post frequency and reader involvement.

With that in mind, here are 10 social media blogs to put at the top of your reading list.

top social media blogs of 2015 winnersDiscover the top social media blogs of 2015.

#1: Buffer Social

Buffer Social, which has one of the best curated blogs in the social media space, provides well-researched, comprehensive content that's useful for all levels of social media marketers.

ck-2015-blog-winner-buffersocialBuffer Social offers the best tools and strategies to keep you up to date on social media.

#2: Grow

Grow by Mark W. Schaefer flips content marketing on its head. His superb content consists of thoughtful experiences, which are devoid of ego and designed to help other businesses find success.

ck-2015-blog-winner-grow-mark-schaeferGrow your company, reputation, customers, impact and profits. Grow yourself.

#3: Jon Loomer

Jon Loomer's core approach to content rocks. He shares fantastic, in-depth articles focused on Facebook that include experiments, real-life examples and supportive graphics.

jon loomer blogJon Loomer's blog is enthusiastic, helpful, detailed and well-illustrated.

#4: Convince & Convert

Convince & Convert's Jay Baer continues to raise the bar for seasoned marketers. This established thought leader creates consistent, quality content.

ck-2015-blog-winner-convince-and-convertConvince & Convert takes your social media and content marketing from good to outstanding.

#5: Rebekah Radice

Rebekah Radice has a beautifully laid out blog that's easy to read. She is a strong writer who provides in-depth advice for novice to intermediate marketers.

ck-2015-blog-winner- rebekah-radiceRebekah Radice helps you maximize the potential of your social media.

#6: Socially Sorted

Socially Sorted's Donna Moritz shares solid content with thought-provoking and curiosity-driven headlines, along with great visuals.

ck-2015-blog-winner-socially-sortedSocially Sorted shows how to get more reach, referrals and results with visual social media and content strategy.

#7: RazorSocial

RazorSocial, published by Ian Cleary, has tons of detailed articles for businesses. Plus, Ian's stellar software tool reviews include his favorite features, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to use them.

RazorSocial's useful content is delivered with no-nonsense, practical, actionable, step-by-step instructions.RazorSocial's useful content is delivered with no-nonsense, practical, actionable, step-by-step instructions.

#8: Jenn's Trends

Jenn's Trends, by Jenn Herman, shares quality content while narrowing in on her niche: Instagram for businesses. Jenn's tips are helpful for novice to advanced marketers.

ck-2015-blog-winner-jenns-trendsJenn's Trends has an engaging style that is easy to digest.

#9: Simply Measured

Simply Measured has well-written content, which includes outstanding data and hands-on reporting of actual case studies.

ck-2015-blog-winner-simply- measuredThe content found on Simply Measured benefits any social media marketer.

 #10: SocialBro

SocialBro provides quality posts on seldom-discussed topics. There are lots of gems of great advice on this blog.

ck-2015-blog-winner-socialbroSocialBro's blog shares the latest social media product news, insights, tips and features.

Congratulations to the winners! Be sure to check out these amazing social media blogs.

sme_top10blog2015The badge of distinction: If you're a winner, you can post the image you see here on your blog. Please link back to this page.

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Special thanks to our judges: Douglas Karr (author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies and founder of the Marketing Technology blog), Nichole Kelly (author of How to Measure Social Media and CEO of Social Media Explorer) and Pat Flynn (founder of Smart Passive Income).

What do you think? Share your thoughts and comments in the box below.

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18 Feb. 2017
When will the jobs return? That's been the question in this glacially slow recovery.

The answer? Many of jobs won't be coming back, and that's painful news for all of us.

Job creation ebbed for years before the 2007-2008 recession and is likely to fall far short of what it was in previous decades.

Low consumer demand is one reason. Companies have no reason to hire if people aren't buying their products, and recession-wracked Europe, our biggest consumer, isn't consuming as much.

Yet there's another reason for weak job creation that isn't talked about as much. Automation, aided by new technologies, is increasingly replacing labor, changing workplaces and altering the economy in fundamental ways.

For evidence of this trend, just look around your house, your office (if you're fortunate enough to have one) and the nearest shopping center.

o IPhones, iPads, and other devices are changing the way we shop, communicate and get news and information, disrupting old labor-intensive industries, such as newspapers and the U.S. Postal Service, while creating new ones that generally employ far fewer people.

o Online banking, brokerage and mortgages are increasingly making it easier for consumers to never set foot in a brick-and-mortar bank.

o Movie-downloading services such as Netflix and Redbox have hastened the demise of video stores.

o Self-checkout aisles at stores and gas stations have eliminated thousands of retail jobs.

Truck drivers' jobs might soon be on the line too. Experiments with computer-driven vehicles have had vastly improved results in the past several years. In 2005, computer-driven cars could go only a few miles. Recently, Google-operated cars went thousands of miles without a mishap, and California Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a bill to allow them on the state's highways.

As technology evolves at an ever-increasing rate, new jobs are created but not fast enough to replace the jobs that are disappearing. This is creating hardship for millions of Americans.

"At some point in the future -- it might be many years or decades from now -- machines will be able to do the jobs of a large percentage of the 'average' people in our population, and these people will not be able to find new jobs," writes Martin Ford in his eye-opening book Lights in the Tunnel, which can be downloaded for free. This book details the challenges that we face and offers some possible solutions, including shorter work weeks, job sharing, and eliminating payroll taxes so employers have less incentive to replace workers.

David Autor, an economist at MIT, points out that the job market has been "hollowed out," with the jobs in the middle -- clerks, administrative positions, factory workers -- disappearing. At the same time, high-wage jobs have been created in computer programming and biotech. Low-wage, automation-resistant jobs in such industries as food service and health care are doing just fine.

While government officials can and should worry about how to create more good-paying jobs, investors who have long suffered from a sideways stock market can profit by seeking out companies on the leading edge of the automation phenomenon.

Examples include Rockwell Automation, which makes industrial systems; Irobot, a maker of automated tools such as vacuum cleaners and floor washers; Aerovironoment, which manufactures unmanned aircraft and other vehicles, and NCR, a great example of an old-line firm that morphed from mechanical cash registers to ATMs and automated check-in systems.

Another approach to finding investment opportunities stemming from the automation trend is to look for stocks with high sales to employees. A recent survey by Bloomberg calls attention to some companies with high sales-to-employee ratios. Among them: Apple, eBay, Microsoft, Amgen and Google.

Every industrial revolution has been accompanied by new technology that underpins the innovations, and that is also fertile ground for investors seeking growth. Microchips, computer storage, optical drives, LCDs, fiber optics and nanotechnology are just a few of the innovations that are driving the new economy.

Green energy is another trend that's here to stay. The list of these companies is long but worth investigating for investing ideas.

The good news is that the United States has enormous capacity to supply needed goods and services (with less labor than ever before, which means higher productivity). Jobs are being replaced, to be sure. However, every scenario that Ford envisions won't necessarily come to pass. Innovators in the global and U.S. economies will doubtless find new ways to make money.

This could mean that today's manufacturing jobs will be increasingly supplanted by more service jobs. For example, all of the new automation equipment will need servicing. One thing that seers of the high-tech future typically fail to envision is technology needs a lot of work to keep it running.

Whatever the future holds along these lines, investing in old-line firms that are labor intensive seems to be an increasingly bad bet. Such companies tend to be mature, which typically means low-growth potential and low investment returns. By focusing on high-revenue companies that harness automation, however, you'll be looking to the future. And after all, investing is all about the future.

Yet it's important to keep in mind that the future never unfolds as neatly as even the best seers predict -- even when they're basically right. The key is to keep abreast of economic developments to see new niches of investing opportunity developing as a result of the automation trend.

On a brighter economic note, this investment will spur general economic growth that, for all we now know, could ultimately produce new jobs in areas that now we can't even conceive.

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This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Ted Schwartz, a certified financial planner, is president and chief investment officer of Capstone Investment Financial Group. He advises individual investors and endowments, and serves as the adviser to CIFG UMA accounts. Because Schwartz has a background in psychology and counseling, he brings insights into personal motivation when advising clients on how to achieve their wealth management goals. Schwartz holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from Oregon State University. He can be reached at [email protected]

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18 Feb. 2017

You've put a lot of effort into designing a website, either for yourself or for your business. You even put one of those counters at the bottom. But sadly, that counter is not moving very much, if at all. How do you get more people to look at your hard work?

There's a technical term for that question: search engine optimization. When you type a term into the search box on your favorite search engine, there is a ranking system that determines which websites are at the top of the list. The higher up a website is in a search list, the more likely it is a searcher will choose to visit that website.

The trick is how to get your website higher up in those rankings, or search engine optimization (SEO). It's a popular question, after all, who doesn't want more visitors to their website? There are many books, articles and websites devoted to SEO techniques. Here is just a sampling of some of them.

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SEO involves researching search engine's coding, structure and presentation to determine how websites are ranked. When you consider that no search engine indexes more than 16% of the web, you can see where it is very important to figure out how each of those search engines work.

That research, which should be done by someone with internet expertise, can find a problem that is keeping a search engine's web crawler from fully exploring your site. There are consultants who specialize in finding and fixing these problems. It is important to remember that while search engines do offer SEO guidelines, they don't list all of the factors they consider in their rankings. Google alone said it uses more than 200 different factors.

If an SEO consultant or company has determined there is not a technical problem keeping your site from ranking higher, you can improve a site's ranking by making sure it has unique content so it can be easily indexed by those search engines. Try to make your web content truly unique. For example, you can add information specific to your region. Or, you can add additional information that cannot be easily found on other sites, such as your company's product information.

Those are some of the right ways to optimize search engine use. Of course, there are also wrong ways as well. For instance, there is "spamdexing" which involves repeating unrelated keywords to trick a search engine's web crawler into ranking a site more highly. A site that unnecessarily repeats a term, such as "SEO" could end up ranking more highly that a site that mentions the term less often but offers more actual information.

Another SEO technique to avoid is using a link farm. Search engines sometimes rank sites by the number of hyperlinks in the text. Link farms are a group of web sites that hyperlink to each of the other sites in the group.

These and similar techniques are frowned upon by search engine administrators and by web users. Search engines that discover such deceptive techniques may not only reduce the ranking of sites that use them, they can even remove the website completely from the search engine's database. This has happened and not just to fly-by-night, snake-oil-salesmen types. It has even happened with prominent, international companies.

Probably the best and easiest way to optimize search engine rankings is to take the extra time and effort to meet each search engine's guidelines. Keep in mind what a typical search engine user is looking for when trying to find a site like yours. "Do unto others as you would have done unto you" can definitely result in higher rankings in various search engines.

If your website is intended to generate business, it is definitely worth additional time and money for SEO. However, remember the internet is changing rapidly. Even the best SEO research will not necessarily generate higher search engine rankings.

While search engines are an important way to get attention to your site, it should not be the only method you use. Studies have shown that it is more beneficial to get links to your site from other websites. However, by investing in SEO, you can generate more legitimacy to your website.

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18 Feb. 2017
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